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New strategy aims to improve lives of vulnerable children

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The leader of Dudley Council has pledged to put children first ahead of the authority’s forthcoming strategy to improve the lives of children with special educational needs and disabilities in Dudley borough.

The Dudley Area SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities) strategy has been put together by Dudley Council and partners including schools and health organisations.

The local authority’s cabinet will be asked to approve the new strategy – put together following a high-profile three month public consultation - at a meeting on December 6.

It looks to build on the good work already being done by the authority and it’s partners, and seeks to make improvements by focusing on three strategic priorities.

They are working more closely with families, taking a stronger approach to partnership working with other organisations and simplifying help and support to make it more accessible.

Councillor Qadar Zada, leader of the council, said:

Children and young people have asked us to listen to and treat them as individuals and with our new SEND strategy we are pledging to do just that.
We have promised to put the young people who we represent at the heart of all we do, offering a front line practice that is driven by the needs of children and young people, to ensure we have the best quality education provision and outcomes for all our children and young people.”

Councillor Susan Ridney, cabinet member for children’s services, said:

Children and young people are at the heart of our decision making.
We’ve spoken extensively to local parents, carers and children and young people throughout the process. We’ve found that although we’re doing a lot of good things, there are areas in which we need to improve. We are committed to doing that.
This strategy has been produced through strong co-production with schools, it has been a really good joint process and will provide the framework in which major improvements can be made."

The cabinet meeting will take place at Dudley Council House from 6pm on December 6. Members of the public are welcome to attend.